Posts tagged as wildfires

G7 leaders agree plan to help Amazon countries fight wildfires

Monday, August 26, 2019

The G7 countries have agreed to an immediate $20m (£16m) aid package to help Amazon countries fight wildfires and launch a long-term global initiative to protect the rainforest. The announcement came from the French president, Emmanuel Macron, the host of this year’s meeting of G7 leaders, and the Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera. Macron said the Amazon represented the “lungs” of the planet and leaders were studying the possibility of similar…

Trump offers Putin help with Siberian wildfires

Thursday, August 1, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin help in putting out vast wildfires that are raging in Siberia, the Kremlin said late on Wednesday, a move it said Putin took as a sign that battered ties can be restored. The Kremlin said the two leaders had spoken by phone at Washington’s initiative, hours after Putin ordered the Russian army to help firefighters battle the wildfires. The fires…

Lithuanian military helicopters continue to help Latvia, Sweden fight wildfires

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Two Mi-8 helicopters of the Lithuanian Air Force have been helping to fight wildfires in Latvia and Sweden for the third week now, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. In Latvia, the Lithuanian military helicopter has since July 18 spent 60 hours in the air and dropped over 1.2 million liters of water from nearby lakes on the fire area. “All people living nearby take care of us and help as much…